Help Us Keep Our Students In School
Investigator C. McFarlin
Office: 281 – 641 – 7900
641 – 7903
– 446 – 4044
The Truancy Division will:
The truancy officer’s primary objective
is to improve the students’ attendance
Court case preparation
Investigation and enforcement of
Compulsory Attendance Laws
Other attendance issues
A child who is required to attend
school under Section 25.085 of the Education Code shall attend
school each school day for the entire period the program of
instruction is provided. Unless specifically exempted by Section
25.086 of the Education Code, a child who is at least six years of
age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously
been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached the
child’s 18th birthday shall attend school each day of the regular
school term. Once enrolled in
pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, attendance is required. unless
specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a student enrolled in a
school district must attend an
extended-year program for which
the student is eligible that is provided by the district for
students identified as likely not to be promoted to the next grade
level or tutorial classes required by the district under Section
29.084 of the Education Code.
Failure to Attend School
Students who are truant or have
unexcused absences from school will be considered to be in
violation of TEC 25.094 for “Failure to Attend School” and may be
subject to prosecution under this law. A student prosecuted under
this law may be required to have a parent or guardian appear with
the student in court on the date assigned.
PLEASE NOTE: Saturday Class(es)
and/or Detention Class(es) are considered an extension of the
school week. `Failure to attend either assignment may result in
prosecution under this law.
Be advised that TEC 25.095
(a) A school district or
open-enrollment charter school shall notify a student’s parent in
writing at the beginning of the school year that if the student is
absent from school on 10 or more days or parts of days
within a six-month period in the
same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within
a four week period:
(1) The student’s parent is
subject to prosecution under Section
(b) A school district shall
notify a student’s parent if the student has been absent from
school, without excuse under Section 25.087, on three days or
parts of days within a four-week period. The notice must:
(1) inform the parent That:
(A) it is the parent’s duty to
monitor the student’s school attendance and require the student to
attend school; and
(B) The parent is subject to
prosecution under Section 25.093; and
(2) request a conference between
school officials and the parent to discuss the absences.
(c) The fact that a parent did
not receive a notice under Subsection (a) or (b) does not create a
defense to prosecution under Section 25.093 or 25.094
(d) In this section, “parent”
includes a person standing in parental relation.
The previous section on
Student Attendance deals with
the number of days of attendance required by law and
not be confused with the
following section which deals with the number of days of
attendance required to receive credit for a class or grade level.
What is the district policy on attendance?
All students are expected to
attend school regularly
and to be
to class for the entire period of each of his/her classes in order
from their instructional programs. To
receive credit in a class,
state law requires that a student must attend at least
of the days that class is offered.
What to do when your child is absent/tardy?
If your student is
arriving late/absent/to school for any reason, you must call the
attendance office. Please be sure and provide a dated, written,
and signed note explaining why your child was tardy/absent. The
student will need to bring his/her note signed by the parent or
guardian to the
It is your child's responsibility to see that his/her note is
If your child leaves
campus for a medical appointment,
he/she must bring
when returning to school. The doctor's note will need to include
the date(s) that he/she was under their care and the note will
need to be on the
doctor's office, clinic, or
If your student returns the same day, sign back in the attendance
office and they will be given a pass to class.
When your child misses school,
you will need to send a
explaining why he/she was absent. If your child was under a
doctor's care, he/she will need a note from the doctor, with the
date(s) they were under the physician's care and on their
Please remember that
your child has two days
after his/her return to school
to bring an absence excuse, per student handbook. It is
to see that
his/her note is turned in to the
If no excuse is submitted for the absence, then it will be
regarded as truancy. Also, the student will receive a "zero" for
the work that he or she has missed.
defined as any absence not authorized by school authorities when
students are under school jurisdiction or without parental consent
when students are under the supervision of parents. Any work made
up due to truancy may not receive an academic grade higher than
70. In addition to an academic penalty the student is subject to
disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
officers are employed by Humble ISD. The attendance officers
investigate possible compulsory attendance violations. The
attendance officers present evidence of compulsory attendance law
violations to the
attendance officers also are asked to verify questions of student
residency. and maybe required to do a home verification check.
are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time to
classes. Students who enter a class after the tardy bell sounds
are a disruption to that class.
• On time
arrival in class is expected. When the tardy bell rings, students
are expected to be in the classroom ready to receive instructions
for the day.
measures may be taken for excessive tardiness. (For further
information, see the Student Code of Conduct)
• Parents must
send a note indicating the reason for being late, and the student
must take that note to the office for a late admission slip.
At the middle schools and high
schools levels, tardiness are described as being late to class,
being admitted after school begins, or returning to class with no
admission permit. Each school has its own tardy policy that will
be explained at the beginning of the school year. For additional
information please visit your student’s campus website.
The State of Texas Compulsory
Attendance Law states:
Every child who is at least six
(6) years of age, or who is younger than six (6) years of age and
has previously been enrolled in the first grade, and who has not
yet reached his or her eighteenth (18th) birthday shall attend
school. On enrollment in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten,
students are subject to compulsory attendance rules.
How Many Absences Are Too Many?
Unexcused, voluntary absences from school on ten or more parts of
days within a six-month period or three or more days or parts of
days within a four-week period are considered too many.
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Humble ISD Police
1703 Wilson Road
Humble, Texas 77338
Telephone: 281-641-7900 Fax:
Police Chief: Solomon